Adlib installs L-Acoustics in Scarborough

Friday, 19 October 2012
Adlib installs L-Acoustics in ScarboroughThe 6500 capacity Open Air Theatre in Northstead Manor Gardens is the largest such venue in Europe
UK - Adlib's sales and installation division supplied an L-Acoustics Kara sound system to Scarborough Open Air Theatre, North Yorkshire, UK, which featured concerts by JLS, John Barrowman, Olly Murs, Alexandra Burke, Russell Watson and many more in its 2012 Summer Season.

Liverpool based Adlib were contacted by Scarborough based P&L Sound & Lighting to present a joint proposal to supply and service the venue with audio equipment, which was put out for tender by Scarborough Borough Council.

Once their bid was successful, the two companies also collaborated closely with L-ACOUSTICS and the Council to ensure that all their sonic requirements were met.

The 6500 capacity Open Air Theatre in Northstead Manor Gardens is the largest such venue in Europe. It was originally built in 1932, and reopened in 2010 after a £3.5m refurbishment which includes a full stage and roof system. This year, they decided to make further investments in the sound system to ensure that the Theatre can offer top quality production values and attract leading international artists.

Adlib's installations and sales' project managers John Hughes and Roger Kirby worked with P&L's Phil Laycock and L-Acoutics' application engineer Chris Vass on the design, which required several site visits along with detailed on-site noise propagation measurements. From here, they designed the sound system.

Once this received the green light, all equipment including a comprehensive rigging package and necessary cabling infrastructure had to be supplied, installed and commissioned in under three weeks.

The system was optimised to cater for a variety of performance genres from rock bands to opera shows and classical recitals to the spoken word, plus a host of community events. During the Olympics and other major sporting moments, there were large screen relays, so it had to be flexible and sound good for multiple applications.

Nine Kara boxes together with four SB18 subs per side were flown as left and right PA hangs - supported by dedicated PA towers, plus three ground-stacked SB28 subs per side. This was completed with four Kiva loudspeakers as in-fills, positioned towards the front edge of the stage.

Six LA8 amplifiers powered the above loudspeakers. Comprehensive onboard processing and equalization was accessed utilising a Laptop PC running LA Network Manager Software application.

All elements of this equipment have been purchased by Scarborough Borough Council.

(Jim Evans)

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